Um what?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Dr_dazzle:  so strange. Iris color, shape and patterns can change, especially in children- so not only a total invasion of privacy but also a waste of tax payers money. 

Post # 4
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would love my kids to attend that school!

I once got on the wrong bus as an elementary schooler because of a clerical error.

In the 90s, that meant you lost your child for 2 hours until the bus driver finishes his route and goes “hey, there’s an extra kid here”.

Meanwhile, my Mom thinks I’ve been kidnapped walking across the street.

With the retina scan system, they would have known immediately that I was just on another bus!

I think it’s a great program! Crappy clerical error, but great program!

Post # 5
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Dr_dazzle:  yeah, they’ve been attempting that kind of stuff for a few years now, and succeeding in some places. They fingerprint kids, track them with their ID cards, and those scans. Thank goodness our last one is graduating this year. 

Post # 7
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For me this says more about people in Florida than the public schools. 

Post # 9
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

On the first day of school this year, my 4th grade niece was an HOUR late getting home from school because her bus driver claimed not to know where she lived (she had picked her up that morning . . . it’s a very small town . . .).  When she finally got home, the driver was annoyed with my niece because she couldn’t tell her how to get to her house!!!  My sister was so furious.

Post # 10
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Everyone in my family managed to survive without that kind of crap.

Post # 11
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Is this even legit?  That website seems off – I have some former junkie paranoid pothead on my newsfeed who doesn’t work and posts crazy ass conspiracy shit from websites like that one. Well, I guess I’m off to Google for some investigating.

Post # 12
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

And that folks is why you don’t want to live in Polk County, Florida (or many other podunk counties in Florida.)

This is the part that disturbed me most:

Weeks later, April Serrano said she is still rattled when she remembers her son’s experience at Bethune Academy. He told her he was asked to stare into a blue light until it changed color. To him, she said, it seemed like a game.

“Just repeating that story makes my skin crawl,” Serrano said.

(Original article:

Post # 13
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsStayPuft:  Yep.  I looked it up on the local news site because I didn’t believe it at first either.  See the link to the original 5 page article above.

Post # 14
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think that says more about that specific county/area than public schools in general. I had to search online just to see if this article was legit, and it appears that this is the only/one of the only school disctric currently doing it, or at least the only reported. Lots of news about companies developing scanning technology and speculating on its possible use in schools, but it doesn’t look like it’s actaully taking off.

Post # 16
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Dr_dazzle:  I don’t see how this is a public vs private school issue. It could have happened anywhere.  That’s fine if you don’t prefer your child go to public school, but there are plenty of great public schools and districts. As someone who went only to private school, they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be either.


The issue here is pretty basic, it should have been an opt-in, not an opt-out program. In fact, pretty much any program involving a minor should, in my opinion, be opt-in, not opt-out.


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